Annie Loves Words

Annie Lesser graduated from NYU's Dramatic Writing program in 2011, having concentrated in theater, with honors. Upon graduation, she had two plays in festivals and was the first non-television concentrate to receive the excellence in television writing award. She also was one of the finalists for the 2012 Goldberg Playwrights award and grant. Annie's plays, teleplays, and new media projects have received readings and productions in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Annie is most well known as the creator of the ongoing interactive play series The ABC Project in which she is writing 26 site specific pieces of interactive/immersive theater for each letter of the alphabet. The first three shows in the series, A(partment 8), June 2016, B(arbershop) November 2016, and C(ovell), March 2017, have received rave reviews from LA Weekly, Stage Raw, LAist, Thrillist, and many others. More information can be found HERE.

Annie's interactive theater piece Getting to Know You: An Experiemnt in Intimacy premiered in June 2015 at the Hollywood Fringe Festival where it won the Freshman Spirit of the Fringe Award, and was called by KCRW, "An inspired combination of speed dating and relationship time travel." The piece allows 8 audience members to experience 8 mini moments with different characters at progressive points in various relationships.

The following two plays are searching for a Theater to call home for their world premiers.
~The Price of Milk (A Soggy Symphony or Composted Comedy): A play about a man who plummets into insanity over the rising price of milk. Dark and heartfelt, it is amazing the honesty with which Annie captures the emotions of a middle aged man being such a young woman. Goldberg Playwrights Prize finalist 2012.

~The Forest: A play which explores the human need to self destruct. Four teenagers go camping in the Aokigahara Forest, at the bottom of mount Fuji. While haunted by the  ghosts of people that have committed suicide, the teenagers each realize there is something about themselves that is drawn to death. A haunting and original tale, reminiscent of classical Japanese theater and folklore. Read at the Tisch Festival of New Works 2011.

In 2007 Annie distinguished herself as a poet by receiving an Honorable Mention from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and a recognition from the Illinois Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Beyond that in 2006 she was a finalist in the annual Chicago teen slam poetry festival "Louder than a Bomb" and a semi-finalist in the 2008 New York "Urban Word" slam poetry festival. At the end of Summer 2008 Annie recorded her first poetry album "A. Lesser Poet Presents Just Another Cluck Sucking Extended Play." It can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, Audio Lunchbox, and many other popular music download sites. She has been a feature multiple times at the La MaMa E.T.C's monthly poetry series, Poetry Electric. Annie was named first runner-up in the 2009 EuroGlobe International Poetry Slam.


Annie is a contributing writer to multiple publications, including CMJ and Unlike. You can keep up with her works by following her blog, and her twitter.